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Universal Pluggable Power Strip for Box Integration

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000118791D
Original Publication Date: 1997-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 63K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Dimitri, KE: AUTHOR

Abstract

A universal pluggable power strip is a unit that plugs into an electronic box. This box then becomes the main unit for a multibox integrated system. The main box provides electrical power to all the boxes in the system, and all the boxes can now be powered-on at the same time. Also, all the boxes can be powered-on in a sequential manner. This power strip uses universal computer receptacles, IEC 320 female and male receptacle types, and uses universal power cords between the main box and the other boxes in the integrated system.

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Universal Pluggable Power Strip for Box Integration

      A universal pluggable power strip is a unit that plugs into an
electronic box.  This box then becomes the main unit for a multibox
integrated system.  The main box provides electrical power to all the
boxes in the system, and all the boxes can now be powered-on at the
same time.  Also, all the boxes can be powered-on in a sequential
manner.  This power strip uses universal computer receptacles, IEC
320 female and male receptacle types, and uses universal power cords
between the main box and the other boxes in the integrated system.

      Fig. 1 shows a design of the Universal Pluggable Power Strip
unit, the strip plugs into the main unit via the female receptacle
-1, and is secured via the slotted holes -5 to the main box.  The
power is  supplied to the strip via the recessed male plug -3.  A
different power  cord, one per country, is used to provide power to
the strip.  A bank of female receptacles -2 supply power to all of
the boxes that are part  of the integrated solution.  The power is
supplied via International power cord set, not shown in Fig. 1.  A
switchable circuit breaker energizes all female receptacles when
turned on.  A green indicator light  associated with the circuit
breaker turns on indicating that all female  receptacles are
energized.  In case of overcurrent, the circuit breaker  will trip
and turn off the indicator light.

      This pluggable power strip unit has ot...